It looks like our world is finally going to start turning around again soon. Can I get a hallelujah?! With the various reopening phases underway, it’s easy to get excited and try to return to our regular scheduled activities ASAP (and rightfully so – we’ve been locked in our houses for two months!). However, as important as our normal lives are, it is also important to remember to stay mindful and courteous of others as the number of new COVID-19 cases drop and we ease ourselves out of quarantine. To help guide your way through the return to “normal” life, I’ve come up with some advice in the form of “Do’s” and “Don’ts.”
DO: Start reaching out for appointments sooner rather than later
I’m sure your hairstylists have missed you as much as you’ve missed them. Since salons in Massachusetts are finally able to open their doors, they’re of course as busy as can be! Some of our favorites like Patrice Vinci Salon and IMBUE are filling up their appointment books fast, so be sure to get yourself scheduled ASAP!
DON’T: Bank on the exact same experience from your beauty professionals
In order to reopen, salons and studios need to maintain strict protocol and limit certain services to keep everyone safe and healthy. They’re doing the best that they can, so if they aren’t able or willing to give you your usual blowout, be patient. Most, if not all businesses have updated their website to let consumers know what they can expect when they visit again.
DO: Start seeing friends again
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to give each of my close friends a huge bear hug when I can finally see them. We’ve all been suffering in isolation, so as soon as the restrictions lift, I 100% recommend getting your healthy, guilt-free dose of companionship from the friends you love most.
DON’T: Host large parties or anticipate that summer concerts are still happening
Just because we can start seeing people again DOES NOT mean we should be going buckwild, folks. I get it – the BBQs, concerts, and the get-togethers are staples to those easy breezy summers, but can we all agree that a cautious start to socializing is the best way to go?
DO: Continue to take health advice and distance from strangers during your outings
Again: caution is key. This “normal” is not going to be the normal we’re used to, and it may take a while for there not to be any restrictions whatsoever. If you see someone not wearing a mask or not staying six feet away, don’t think that makes you immune from continuing to do your part. As frustrating as it can be sometimes, remember that we were in a much worse place just a month ago!
DON’T: Put plans above your mental health and well-being
There have been plenty of memes around pledging that once quarantine is over, no plans will ever be rejected again. Yes, it’s great to be appreciative of our lives, and this new grateful perspective has been wonderful to see. However, never allow yourself to feel pressured to do something that you just don’t want to do. We’ve had plenty of lazy lounge days (thanks quarantine), but if you’re feeling like a cozy day at home is what you need soon after the stay-at-home orders are lifted, then listen to your body!
The basic moral of the story is…. the light at the end of the tunnel is near! Enjoy yourself and indulge in some fun once quarantine is over. You deserve it, but don’t let that stop you from being cautious and thoughtful.
As always, stay safe!